Talofa Lava!!! June 6, 2011
Hey everybody! How are all of you doing? The pix are great and sounds like it was a blast two weeks ago with all that stuff and the trip. Great to hear you all are having fun and hanging out and enjoying each other. Thanks for the news and pix and everything.
This week has been super busy yet super good for our area at least in the two Lemoli wards. The Faleasiu itai ward we will try to go and proselyte, but we are just having so many lessons and success in the other two wards. I guess it is harder that the Faleasiu building is being redone so we don't attend their ward as they go to a different building kind of far away, but ya anyways like I said it has been fantastic this past week. My comp and I have been teaching lessons nonstop and by the way, the lessons are different by discussion so us getting a total of 11 lessons this past week is pretty good, but way blessed as well from the Lord and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve here and am being helped every day. So ya we first off finished up the lessons with Visesio and also got his tusiga (papers) for his and his wife’s marriage which has to be done before he can be baptized. Oh and let me just say they have will power and great control over their lives as when we taught about the word of wisdom he asked us how long he would have to wait to be baptized if he stopped from that moment for the rest of his life!! Just amazing I thought that most smokers or drinkers would be difficult investigators to stop but they just get rid of it and never pick it up again just so cool! Also he is in Lemoli Lua (2nd) and at the same house or group of the same family there is another toeaina (elderly man) living with the Tama of the Family, Apulu Ini, who we have no record of his baptism so have started the lessons with him and will baptize him this next Saturday. His name is Maanaima and a great guy and it is also nice that Apulu sits in and helps us with the lesson as those two just sit and talk and play cards all day together so they are really close.
Now on to Lemoli Muamua (1st) where we should have three baptisms this next Saturday as well. First off is Lesina who is about 18 and one of the best investigators as far as answering questions and knowledgeable in this gospel before we started lessons. We only have the last lesson left to teach this week, but as the first three went it was just grand. She answers all of our questions and asks us good ones in return. She reads and prays and keeps the commitments and is just progressing so great. Next is a loomatua (elderly woman) who also has no records so we are giving her the lessons and will be baptized this next Saturday as well. She is partially deaf so in her lessons we have to yell a little but she is such a sweet old lady who absolutely loves me and respects us both so much. What was really touching is the last two lessons when she is thanking us she has teared up and cried a little just loving us visiting and being with her. Her name is Tilau and just great!! One more lesson with her too. Last but not least is a kid named Tanielu who we haven’t met yet but will contact him tomorrow and hopefully get all the lessons in and baptize him on Saturday. It’s just that simple and fun he is a younger kid so they just listen and do whatever we ask them to do and their parents help us out to do the lessons whenever. Oh also in this ward we have Senerita and Alofa's tusiga for their baptism done too on Saturday so ya great there.
On Thursday something really neat happened. We met people in Sauniatu from nowhere else than Utah!! And the guy’s son who we talked to and I also met was from good old V-town Vernal! Quite a coincidence there and probably the only time it would happen. Just cool story there. The family had come to baptize their adopted 8 year old Samoan boy in Samoa so that was pretty neat as well. (Quick note --Bro. Dotson, the grandfather who lives in Cedar City and was there for the baptism, called me to let me know he had lunch with my son and he was doing well and was so very happy.)
Lastly, on this week, yesterday we had stake conference but it was a broadcast to all the stakes in Samoa and the Tahitian Islands. The speakers were Elder David S. Baxter of the Seventy, Elaine S. Dalton, Elder M. Russell Ballard, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. It was such an amazing conference and a lot of it was on missionary work and being loving in the family. Very spiritual and almost like General Conference. Loved it and was lucky to be here and attend it. Blessed I should say!!
Anyway I’ve got to go. Love all of you!!! I know this church is true and that it is led by a living prophet today President Thomas S. Monson. I know Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that he restored the church to the earth. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and we should be reading it every day!! I know Jesus is the Christ and as President Uchtdorf and others have put it He is at the Helm of this church. He is our Savior and Redeemer. Ou te Alofa Tele ia te Outou. Keep Strong!!! Remember that!!! Thanks for everything. Have a great week!
Elder Cody John Walker